Alpha Dog: Interview with Nick Cassavetes

Inspired by actual events, Nick Cassavetes’ “Alpha Dog” follows three fateful days, when the lives of some Southern teens was at risk.

Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch), a cocky and headstrong teen, is a mid-level drug dealer in a comfortable sector of the sprawling, privileged neighborhoods in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Valley. For Johnny and his crew, landlocked in their suburban locale and with too much time, their existence is a blur of partying and looking for constant thrills.

The model of good life they imitate comes to them from rap music, video games, and moviesthey spend their conscious hours copying the thug life they idolize. Johnny has a wad of cash, beautiful girls, a thriving business, and plenty of weed to keep his friends stoned. Life for Johnny and his friends doesn’t come with any consequences. Anything can happen, and sure enough, over the course of three days, something does.

When raging hothead Jake (Ben Foster) fails to come up with deal money he owes Johnny, the situation escalates into a battle for domination that culminates with Johnny and his gang impulsively kidnapping Jake’s little brother, Zack (Anton Yelchin).

En route to Palm Sorings, the group decides to keep the kid as a marker and slowly begins including him in their schedule, alternating between parties and slack time. With no parents in sight, they grow used to having him around. Under the temporary care of Johnny’s charismatic friend Frankie (Justin Timberlake), Zack now enjoys an illicit summer fantasy of drinking, girls, and new experiences.

Out in the desert, everyone soon begins to lose sight that Zack is a hostage, a “stolen boy,” and he can’t just be simply returned. Hours turn into days, and solutions to the Zack problem begin to dwindle. Bad decisions are followed by worse ones.

Johnny’s father (Bruce Willis) attempts to track down his son and convince him to return the hostage. With police called in by the boy’s distraught mother (Sharon Stone), the situation grows more complex, and Johnny finds himself out of his league with no ideas how to fix it. For Johnny, the line between playing a thug and becoming one soon blurs, resulting in bad consequences for all involved.

In the summer of 2000, Nick Cassavetes began to outline about some of the types of teens that populated the high school of his daughter Gina. He pondered what would happen if a group of kids took a prank way too far, and made a series of decisions and missteps that would put them in a situation from which they could not be extricated.

While researching the family life of some of these San Fernando Valley kids, Cassavetes found their home dynamics to be surprising and particularly compelling.

Complicated World

I expected to find a bunch of spoiled, disaffected rich kids raised by parents with a great sense of ennui, and that not what I found at all. What I ended up finding, which frankly I’m guilty of in my own life, was that it’s a complicated world now where both parents have jobs and get caught up in their own lives.

By-product of research

The by-product of that is that you find yourself ‘checking in’ with your children to find out if they’re okay, where they are going to be and if they need any money, instead of putting in the time and hanging out with them.”

No Parental Guidance

That was the thing that impressed me the most and was the common thread among these people. Most of them were people I wouldn’t find. The problems were born out of letting all these children get together and make decisions without any kind of parental guidance or interference, and they created the ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances and coincidences that allowed something to happen than never should have.

Language as Assault

I had discussions with colleagues and extensive research about the types that inhabit this world. I found one of the keys to unlocking the script lay in the way these alpha-teens spoke. These are not really good kids that just lost their way for one weekend. I wanted to use language that the kids use, which is very offensive and almost an assault. But for me, that gave the film a type of genuineness.

Children Can be Ugly

I didn’t want to back away from them being unsympathetic. Children can be ugly. They have not had their time to get their routines and their personalities in order. They have many rough edges, and I didn’t want to lose that.”

Casting Process

I don’t audition people, because I don’t believe in it as a practice. I think that certain actors are great auditioners and kind of average actors, and certain actors are average auditioners but really great actors. What I’m looking for when I try to find someone for a part is someone who’s interested in their character, and someone that can communicate how they work, and we can share a kind of commonality in the way we work.

Emile Hirsch

I was extremely lucky in casting “Alpha Dog,” because nearly almost all of the first people I saw for the parts were the perfect people to play them. The role of egomaniacal ringleader Johnny Truelove went to Emile Hirsch (who appeared in Lords of Dogtown, The Emperor’s Club, and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys). Emile read the script and loved it. He said he had to do the part, and after meeting him, I thought he would be a great Johnny Truelove.

Bruce Willis

For the role of Sonny Truelove, Johnny’s enigmatic father and businessman operating on the outskirts of the law, I wanted to cast Bruce Willis. I forwarded the script to his agent. We weren’t even sure we had it in the budget, but it was still something we really hoped for. Bruce signed on and proved to be a fiercely dedicated presence, on set and off.

Justin Timberlake

I knew Justin would be perfect for the role of the charismatic, likable Frankie Ballendbacher. To me, the toughest character to embody in this story is Frankie, because he befriends the kids and allows these events to happen. I told Justin that I wanted him to do it, and he called me back a few seconds later and said he was in.”

Shawn Hatosy

For the role of Elvis Schmidt, the member of Johnny’s crew who remains somewhat of an outsider and carries through on the order to kill Zack, I chose Shawn Hatosy, who I directed in “John Q.” Elvis is an extremely challenging part to play and I knew that I needed someone who wasn’t just good, but was sensational.

xosotin chelseathông tin chuyển nhượngcâu lạc bộ bóng đá arsenalbóng đá atalantabundesligacầu thủ haalandUEFAevertonxosokeonhacaiketquabongdalichthidau7m.newskqbdtysokeobongdabongdalufutebol ao vivofutemaxmulticanaisonbetbsport.fitonbet88.oooi9bet.bizhi88.ooookvip.atf8bet.atfb88.cashvn88.cashshbet.atbóng đá world cupbóng đá inter milantin juventusbenzemala ligaclb leicester cityMUman citymessi lionelsalahnapolineymarpsgronaldoserie atottenhamvalenciaAS ROMALeverkusenac milanmbappenapolinewcastleaston villaliverpoolfa cupreal madridpremier leagueAjaxbao bong da247EPLbarcelonabournemouthaff cupasean footballbên lề sân cỏbáo bóng đá mớibóng đá cúp thế giớitin bóng đá ViệtUEFAbáo bóng đá việt namHuyền thoại bóng đágiải ngoại hạng anhSeagametap chi bong da the gioitin bong da lutrận đấu hôm nayviệt nam bóng đátin nong bong daBóng đá nữthể thao 7m24h bóng đábóng đá hôm naythe thao ngoai hang anhtin nhanh bóng đáphòng thay đồ bóng đábóng đá phủikèo nhà cái onbetbóng đá lu 2thông tin phòng thay đồthe thao vuaapp đánh lô đềdudoanxosoxổ số giải đặc biệthôm nay xổ sốkèo đẹp hôm nayketquaxosokq xskqxsmnsoi cầu ba miềnsoi cau thong kesxkt hôm naythế giới xổ sốxổ số 24hxo.soxoso3mienxo so ba mienxoso dac bietxosodientoanxổ số dự đoánvé số chiều xổxoso ket quaxosokienthietxoso kq hôm nayxoso ktxổ số megaxổ số mới nhất hôm nayxoso truc tiepxoso ViệtSX3MIENxs dự đoánxs mien bac hom nayxs miên namxsmientrungxsmn thu 7con số may mắn hôm nayKQXS 3 miền Bắc Trung Nam Nhanhdự đoán xổ số 3 miềndò vé sốdu doan xo so hom nayket qua xo xoket qua xo so.vntrúng thưởng xo sokq xoso trực tiếpket qua xskqxs 247số miền nams0x0 mienbacxosobamien hôm naysố đẹp hôm naysố đẹp trực tuyếnnuôi số đẹpxo so hom quaxoso ketquaxstruc tiep hom nayxổ số kiến thiết trực tiếpxổ số kq hôm nayso xo kq trực tuyenkết quả xổ số miền bắc trực tiếpxo so miền namxổ số miền nam trực tiếptrực tiếp xổ số hôm nayket wa xsKQ XOSOxoso onlinexo so truc tiep hom nayxsttso mien bac trong ngàyKQXS3Msố so mien bacdu doan xo so onlinedu doan cau loxổ số kenokqxs vnKQXOSOKQXS hôm naytrực tiếp kết quả xổ số ba miềncap lo dep nhat hom naysoi cầu chuẩn hôm nayso ket qua xo soXem kết quả xổ số nhanh nhấtSX3MIENXSMB chủ nhậtKQXSMNkết quả mở giải trực tuyếnGiờ vàng chốt số OnlineĐánh Đề Con Gìdò số miền namdò vé số hôm nayso mo so debach thủ lô đẹp nhất hôm naycầu đề hôm naykết quả xổ số kiến thiết toàn quốccau dep 88xsmb rong bach kimket qua xs 2023dự đoán xổ số hàng ngàyBạch thủ đề miền BắcSoi Cầu MB thần tàisoi cau vip 247soi cầu tốtsoi cầu miễn phísoi cau mb vipxsmb hom nayxs vietlottxsmn hôm naycầu lô đẹpthống kê lô kép xổ số miền Bắcquay thử xsmnxổ số thần tàiQuay thử XSMTxổ số chiều nayxo so mien nam hom nayweb đánh lô đề trực tuyến uy tínKQXS hôm nayxsmb ngày hôm nayXSMT chủ nhậtxổ số Power 6/55KQXS A trúng roycao thủ chốt sốbảng xổ số đặc biệtsoi cầu 247 vipsoi cầu wap 666Soi cầu miễn phí 888 VIPSoi Cau Chuan MBđộc thủ desố miền bắcthần tài cho sốKết quả xổ số thần tàiXem trực tiếp xổ sốXIN SỐ THẦN TÀI THỔ ĐỊACầu lô số đẹplô đẹp vip 24hsoi cầu miễn phí 888xổ số kiến thiết chiều nayXSMN thứ 7 hàng tuầnKết quả Xổ số Hồ Chí Minhnhà cái xổ số Việt NamXổ Số Đại PhátXổ số mới nhất Hôm Nayso xo mb hom nayxxmb88quay thu mbXo so Minh ChinhXS Minh Ngọc trực tiếp hôm nayXSMN 88XSTDxs than taixổ số UY TIN NHẤTxs vietlott 88SOI CẦU SIÊU CHUẨNSoiCauVietlô đẹp hôm nay vipket qua so xo hom naykqxsmb 30 ngàydự đoán xổ số 3 miềnSoi cầu 3 càng chuẩn xácbạch thủ lônuoi lo chuanbắt lô chuẩn theo ngàykq xo-solô 3 càngnuôi lô đề siêu vipcầu Lô Xiên XSMBđề về bao nhiêuSoi cầu x3xổ số kiến thiết ngày hôm nayquay thử xsmttruc tiep kết quả sxmntrực tiếp miền bắckết quả xổ số chấm vnbảng xs đặc biệt năm 2023soi cau xsmbxổ số hà nội hôm naysxmtxsmt hôm nayxs truc tiep mbketqua xo so onlinekqxs onlinexo số hôm nayXS3MTin xs hôm nayxsmn thu2XSMN hom nayxổ số miền bắc trực tiếp hôm naySO XOxsmbsxmn hôm nay188betlink188 xo sosoi cầu vip 88lô tô việtsoi lô việtXS247xs ba miềnchốt lô đẹp nhất hôm naychốt số xsmbCHƠI LÔ TÔsoi cau mn hom naychốt lô chuẩndu doan sxmtdự đoán xổ số onlinerồng bạch kim chốt 3 càng miễn phí hôm naythống kê lô gan miền bắcdàn đề lôCầu Kèo Đặc Biệtchốt cầu may mắnkết quả xổ số miền bắc hômSoi cầu vàng 777thẻ bài onlinedu doan mn 888soi cầu miền nam vipsoi cầu mt vipdàn de hôm nay7 cao thủ chốt sốsoi cau mien phi 7777 cao thủ chốt số nức tiếng3 càng miền bắcrồng bạch kim 777dàn de bất bạion newsddxsmn188betw88w88789bettf88sin88suvipsunwintf88five8812betsv88vn88Top 10 nhà cái uy tínsky88iwinlucky88nhacaisin88oxbetm88vn88w88789betiwinf8betrio66rio66lucky88oxbetvn88188bet789betMay-88five88one88sin88bk88xbetoxbetMU88188BETSV88RIO66ONBET88188betM88M88SV88Jun-68Jun-88one88iwinv9betw388OXBETw388w388onbetonbetonbetonbet88onbet88onbet88onbet88onbetonbetonbetonbetqh88mu88Nhà cái uy tínpog79vp777vp777vipbetvipbetuk88uk88typhu88typhu88tk88tk88sm66sm66me88me888live8live8livesm66me88win798livesm66me88win79pog79pog79vp777vp777uk88uk88tk88tk88luck8luck8kingbet86kingbet86k188k188hr99hr99123b8xbetvnvipbetsv66zbettaisunwin-vntyphu88vn138vwinvwinvi68ee881xbetrio66zbetvn138i9betvipfi88clubcf68onbet88ee88typhu88onbetonbetkhuyenmai12bet-moblie12betmoblietaimienphi247vi68clupcf68clupvipbeti9betqh88onb123onbefsoi cầunổ hũbắn cáđá gàđá gàgame bàicasinosoi cầuxóc đĩagame bàigiải mã giấc mơbầu cuaslot gamecasinonổ hủdàn đềBắn cácasinodàn đềnổ hũtài xỉuslot gamecasinobắn cáđá gàgame bàithể thaogame bàisoi cầukqsssoi cầucờ tướngbắn cágame bàixóc đĩa开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育亚新体育亚新体育亚新体育爱游戏爱游戏爱游戏华体会华体会华体会IM体育IM体育沙巴体育沙巴体育PM体育PM体育AG尊龙AG尊龙AG尊龙AG百家乐AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人<AG真人<皇冠体育皇冠体育PG电子PG电子万博体育万博体育KOK体育KOK体育欧宝体育江南体育江南体育江南体育半岛体育半岛体育半岛体育凯发娱乐凯发娱乐杏彩体育杏彩体育杏彩体育FB体育PM真人PM真人<米乐娱乐米乐娱乐天博体育天博体育开元棋牌开元棋牌j9九游会j9九游会开云体育AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人爱游戏华体会华体会im体育kok体育开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育欧宝体育ob体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育开云体育开云体育棋牌棋牌沙巴体育买球平台新葡京娱乐开云体育mu88qh88